Top tech news for Thursday, January 19, 2023 – The Verge

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If the CEO of a publicly traded company were to tweet that they planned to take their company private, and said they had “funding secured,” you’d be forgiven for assuming that, well, they planned to take their company private and had secured funding to make it happen. “Not so fast,” argue Elon Musk’s lawyers, in response to being sued by Tesla investors over this tweet that the investors say caused them to lose millions.
“It isn’t clear what funding secured even means in a tweet phrase,” say the Tesla CEO’s lawyers, “It’s not self-evident how one could be just considering something, and yet, all the details are set.”
Next up, a new rumor suggests Apple’s smart home ambitions are kicking into a higher gear. The company revealed a new Matter-compatible HomePod yesterday, and shortly afterwards a report claimed it’s working on a new iPad-like smart display to compete with similar devices from Google and Amazon.
Finally, in the US the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Amazon for alleged safety law violations in its warehouses. It’s proposed $60,269 in penalties. Amazon says it disagrees and intends to appeal.
For now, here’s a silly tweet to start your day:
Jan 19, 2023, 9:10 PM UTCRichard Lawler
Ted Sarandos and Greg Peters are now the co-CEOs running the massive subscription streaming company.
Jan 19, 2023, 6:43 PM UTCSarah Jeong
Seeing faceless, anonymous nation-state hackers go on Reddit to do promo for the Navy is giving me some feelings. Feelings like: confusion, concern, amusement, vague embarrassment over my amusement, and more confusion.
Unrelated: It’s been almost 10 years since Chelsea Manning, a military intelligence analyst, was convicted and sentenced to prison for leaking classified material to the press.
[reddit]
Jan 19, 2023, 6:33 PM UTCTom Warren
After a Microsoft employee accidentally leaked tabs in Notepad over the holidays, it’s officially in public test builds.
Jan 19, 2023, 6:33 PM UTCElizabeth Lopatto
Loved this Bloomberg review of how the fake meat market went awry.
Here’s some free advice for all you VCs: the “crunchy set” is the actual market for meat replacement, so make black bean burgers with sweet potatoes and quinoa if you want to succeed. Good talk!
[Bloomberg.com]
Jan 19, 2023, 5:34 PM UTCTom Warren
The new message yourself feature is super useful for reminders and notes that can sync across devices.
Jan 19, 2023, 5:11 PM UTCRichard Lawler
The PlayStation 5’s virtual reality accessory goes on sale on February 22nd for $549.99. Here are the games confirmed to arrive either at launch or within the next month.
Jan 19, 2023, 5:01 PM UTCAsh Parrish
The latest GDC survey reveals that many creators have little to no interest in some of gaming’s biggest buzzwords.
Jan 19, 2023, 4:38 PM UTCEmma Roth
After months of testing, the platform’s also rolling out a way to flag more than one post you’re not interested in on the Explore page.
Jan 19, 2023, 4:25 PM UTCJess Weatherbed
Android users will have to pay the same $3 premium as those using iOS.
Jan 19, 2023, 4:00 PM UTCMonica Chin
From dual screens and hidden touchpads to 18-inch gaming behemoths and RGB Chromebooks, here are this year’s most exciting upcoming laptops from Lenovo, Razer, LG, and more.
Jan 19, 2023, 3:45 PM UTCJess Weatherbed
The US DOJ alleges Bitzlato crypto firm was a ‘safe haven’ for cybercriminals.
Jan 19, 2023, 2:50 PM UTCBarbara Krasnoff
Corporations tend to use a lot of jargon to explain their unpopular decisions, and Amazon is no exception.
Jan 19, 2023, 2:00 PM UTCTom Warren and Sean Hollister
For $20 a month, Nvidia will rent you an RTX 4080 gaming PC in the cloud.
Jan 19, 2023, 1:41 PM UTCRichard Lawler
The HomePod is back, even if I’m not quite sure why Apple sent it away in the first place.
Chris Welch already got our first demo, but if Mark Gurman’s rumors are correct (they tend to be), there’s more Apple smart home hardware on the way.
Netflix will report its quarterly earnings this afternoon, while Elon Musk is expected to take the stand tomorrow when his securities fraud trial resumes.
Jan 19, 2023, 12:00 PM UTCSean Hollister
♫ So I’m glad I got burned, think of all the things we learned ♫
Jan 19, 2023, 11:00 AM UTCSean Hollister
Free hardware, game refunds, save game transfers — pay attention, companies.
Jan 19, 2023, 9:54 AM UTCJess Weatherbed
The e-commerce giant claims its ‘ability to have an impact was often spread too thin.’
Jan 19, 2023, 12:02 AM UTCMitchell Clark
Investigations at three warehouses lead to allegations that Amazon ‘exposed workers to ergonomic, struck-by hazards.’
Jan 18, 2023, 10:54 PM UTCAndrew J. Hawkins
The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that Musk’s ‘funding secured’ tweets were reckless and cost ‘regular people’ millions of dollars, while Musk’s attorneys said they ‘didn’t matter.’
Jan 18, 2023, 10:51 PM UTCChris Person
New inexpensive smart displays, a revamped Apple TV, and that freaky HomePod / Apple TV fusion are in the works.
Jan 18, 2023, 9:00 PM UTCChris Welch
The resurrected smart speaker still has big sound and a very familiar design. We’ll need more listening time to determine whether some internal changes affect more than just the price.
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